World No. 1 Novak Djokovic’s fate hangs in the balance as his Wimbledon 2015 fourth-round clash against 14th seeded Kevin Anderson got suspended on Monday due to bad light with the two players tied at 2 sets apiece. Djokovic averted a huge upset on Court No. 1 by coming back from 2 sets down to level the match before it was called off for the day.
Amongst the Indian players, both Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna had a good day as they reached the quarter-finals while Leander Paes exited the men’s doubles competition in the third round.
Djokovic v Anderson to resume at 6(6)-7, 6(6)-7, 6-1, 6-4
South African Kevin Anderson’s booming serve sent shockwaves at Wimbledon 2015 as he took a two-sets-to-love lead over the eight-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic. Anderson, who reached the Queen’s final just couple of weeks back, played with confidence to grab the first set in a tie-break. In the second set tie-break, the Serbian was 4-0 and 5-2 up but then inexplicably lost his momentum and conceded the second set as well.
But, like always, the top seed survived the ordeal to force a decider. Breaking the giant South African twice, he clinched the third set 6-1. By virtue of a single break, he squeaked through the fourth set 6-4. Djokovic made just two errors in the last two sets and that shows how much he raised his level under pressure.
The fifth set will be played on Tuesday afternoon.
The winner of this match goes on to face the reigning US Open champion Marin Cilic. The Croatian carved out a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over American Denis Kudla to reach the quarter-finals for the second straight year.
Roger Federer in quarters
In other fourth round matches of the day, Roger Federer continued his quest for his eighth crown at The Championships by reaching the quarter-finals for the 13th time. The World No. 2 played some exquisite tennis to beat the 20th seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.
Berdych out of Wimbledon 2015
Next up for the Swiss maestro is 12th seed Gilles Simon who ousted the sixth seed and 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3, 6-2. With 21 winners, Simon booked his place in the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time.
Pospisil keeps Canadian hopes alive; Murray up next
2014 doubles champion Vasek Pospisil kept the flag flying high for Canada by reaching the last-eight stage in singles this time. Last year’s ladies singles runner-up Eugenie Bouchard and men’s singles semi-finalist Milos Raonic had both departed early this year, but their compatriot Pospisil put up a fine show of his resilience in the fourth round. Down 2 sets to love against the No. 22 seed Viktor Troicki, the World No. 56 stormed back to emerge victorious 4-6, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.
His reward is a duel with the 2013 winner Andy Murray. The Scot faced the big-serving Ivo Karlovic who unleashed a barrage of 29 aces and 75 winners. But the third seed pulled through in four sets, 7-6(7), 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Wawrinka yet to drop a set
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka kept up his hopes of adding the Wimbledon trophy by putting up yet another impressive performance in the fourth round. The Swiss got the better of 16th seeded David Goffin 7-6(3), 7-6(7), 6-4. Wawrinka is the only man left in the draw who is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon 2015.
He will next face 21st seeded Richard Gasquet in a battle of two delicious single-handed backhands. Gasquet avenged last year’s defeat to youngster Nick Kyrgios in a thrilling four-setter. The Frenchman reigned supreme 7-5, 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(6).
Ladies fourth-round matches: Serena beats Venus
In one of the most anticipated ladies matches of the day, World No. 1 Serena Williams beat her elder sister Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of The Championships for the first time since 2012. Serena’s powerful serve and her returns at critical junctures of the match made all the difference that helped her win this face-off between sisters and also two five-time Wimbledon champions.
Serena will lock horns with former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in a repeat of their enthralling third round French Open clash. The Belarusian was too strong for the 30th seeded Swiss teenager, Belinda Bencic and posted an easy 6-2, 6-3 win.
Maria Sharapova had failed to advance to the quarter-finals the last three times. On Monday, she changed all that as the 2004 winner booked a Wimbledon 2015 quarter-final berth with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Zarina Diyas.
Awaiting the Russian is giant-killer Coco Vandeweghe. The American, who had pummelled 11th seeded Karolina Pliskova and 22nd seed Samantha Stosur earlier, took out yet another seed. This time, it was the biggest of them all – French Open runner-up and sixth seed Lucie Safarova. The Czech had a hard time dealing with Vandeweghe’s serve and ruthless pace and succumbed to a 6(1)-7, 6(4)-7 defeat.
Muguruza upsets Wozniacki
Rising star Garbine Muguruza ended fifth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki’s dreams with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of the Dane. This is the Spaniard’s first quarter-final at the All England Club.
The former top-ranked Wozniacki had never reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals and this result ensures that she has to wait for yet another year.
Muguruza will meet another Wimbledon quarter-final debutante Timea Bacsinszky. The 15th seeded Swiss, who reached the Roland Garros semi-finals, came back from one set down to beat Monica Niculescu 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Radwanska back in quarter-finals
2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska reached her fifth Wimbledon quarter-final when she beat former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 7-5, 6-4. The Pole, who has struggled for consistency for most of the year, seems to have found her lost belief on her favourite surface.
She will have to vie with the talented 20-year-old Madison Keys for a place in the semi-finals. Keys rebounded from a first-set loss to edge past qualifier Olga Govortsova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.